More proof we need a smarter planet
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Comment (1) Visits (2930)
Yesterday, traveling home from the Innovate 2010 Conference in Orlando, the blue skies and sea were as impressive as ever. This view out my window only hints at how tranquil it all looked. And then we passed over the unfolding tragedy of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil gusher that is now in it's 53rd day of polluting the Gulf of Mexico. It was an overwhelming site, the evidence clear for at least 15 minutes of 400mph travel, 35,000 feet below. All I could think about was all the marine life destroyed and at risk, like the Kemps-Ridley turtles that have been in a battle to recover since the last major undersea gusher that happened in 1979 beneath the Ixtoc drilling rig in the Bay of Campeche. It took 10 months to stop that gusher and one estimate says 71,500 barrels of oil (out of 3.3 million barrels leaked by Ixtoc) impacted 162 miles of U.S. beaches and killed an incalculable amount of sea life. This one threatens to do the same or worse. The word "smart" has not appeared much in descriptions of what lead to this latest accident. Let's hope that the story going forward will be different.